Interview: French DJ Petit Biscuit talks traveling, college and Drake before his set at Sasquatch Festival

18-year-old Petit Biscuit released his debut album, Presence, in November. He has been taking the EDM scene by storm since he was only 15-years-old, with the release of Sunset Lover. While age clearly doesn’t matter, it’s important to note just how many waves Petit Biscuit is making at such a young age. Love for the French born artist is palpable in the crowds he draws. We got the chance to chat with him before his set at Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge.

Thank you so much for talking with us today! So how do you like Washington so far? Did you just get in?
Yeah, I just got in! I was here in December. I played in Seattle…

…at the Neptune Theatre.
Yeah at the Neptune! It was a cool one. The landscape here is so beautiful and the atmosphere at this festival is nice. I’m pretty excited for tonight!

Is there anything you wanted to see last time that you’ll see this time?
I don’t know. We don’t stay very long. I usually stay for one day and I’m going to Miami tomorrow. So, when I come to the U.S. we have all of these cities to go to and not much time to see everything.

I read that you like to travel. What place has been your favorite so far?
Oh, I don’t know! There are so many different places that I really like. It sounds a little touristy, but I went to San Francisco and saw the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really cool to stand there and see something so big. I love getting close to nature too. This kind of landscape (the Gorge), is so different than all of the things that I have seen before. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen before.

Yeah! It’s so pretty out here. Now, you’re scheduled for festivals all throughout the year. Is there a specific one you’re really excited to play?
I have a lot of festivals coming up! There is one that I’m really excited to play. It’s in Chicago (Lollapalooza). Yeah, that’s going to be a big one I think!

What’s your favorite song to perform?
*laughs* This one song off my album called “Break Up” is a trouble track. It’s really mysterious and super sharp. I like to play this one because it shows my universe really well.

You just released your debut album in November. Are you still working on music while you’re touring?
Yeah, I’m always working on some new music! When I have time, I go back home and make music in my room. This is as simple as it was years ago. It’s always a good moment to be in my room doing simple things. I don’t think about it. I just make what I like. I think this works because some people listen to it. I’m not working on an album or an EP; I’m just making music.

So, you graduated last summer and then dropped out of college shortly after?
Uh, I just stopped going. When you are an artist that is touring in one country, it’s easy to do on the weekends. But when you start being an international artist and travel to different countries to play your music, it becomes much more difficult to have the time for college. I decided to stop and do what I love.

You are slated to play on multiple different countries, continents even, this year. Which one are you most excited for?
There are so many new destinations I’m going to. I’m pretty excited to go to Australia! It’s going to be a new adventure. I’ve always been curious as to what Australia looks like. I’m also really excited about Indonesia. I’ve never been to Asia. I’m always pretty excited to go to new destinations. It can be very inspiring and seen in my music.

What is your favorite thing to do while traveling?
I’m always traveling with a photographer. We get to take photos with cool landscapes. It’s cool to show to my community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I can look back on the good memories. When you are traveling a lot, there isn’t time to see much. It shows where I’ve been. I like to get some music in my ears and admire the landscapes while I’m in the car. Simple things, but very important to me.

If you could collaborate with any other artist who would it be?
Oh, that’s a hard one! There are so many artists. I think, if I have one artist to choose, that it should be with somebody in a really different universe than I am in. It’s cool for me to see artists from two different universes collaborate together. I am a really big fan of, Drake. It would be a dream to collaborate.

That would be really interesting to hear! You sing on some of your songs. What’s that like for you? Do you prefer singing in your songs or keeping it mostly production?
When I started making music I wanted it to be my own thing from A-Z. That’s why I prefer to sing on my songs. All the words and melodies are mine; it’s freeing. I am not English, I’m French and I sing in English. So, I have to improve my accent and learn more to write in English. But it’s a good exercise for me. It’s a great challenge for me. It’s sounds more poetic to me.

Petit Biscuit played later that night on the El Chupacabra stage. The entire grassy area surrounding the stage was jammed full of people well before he was going on stage. The excitement for Petit Biscuit’s set was abundantly clear. He is bound to be playing somewhere near you. Check out his schedule here. You can listen to Petit Biscuit’s debut album, Presence, here.

Nicolita Bradley
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Interview: French DJ Petit Biscuit talks traveling, college and Drake before his set at Sasquatch Festival

18-year-old Petit Biscuit released his debut album, Presence, in November. He has been taking the EDM scene by storm since he was only 15-years-old, with the release of Sunset Lover. While age clearly doesn’t matter, it’s important to note just how many waves Petit Biscuit is making at such a young age. Love for the French born artist is palpable in the crowds he draws. We got the chance to chat with him before his set at Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge.

Thank you so much for talking with us today! So how do you like Washington so far? Did you just get in?
Yeah, I just got in! I was here in December. I played in Seattle…

…at the Neptune Theatre.
Yeah at the Neptune! It was a cool one. The landscape here is so beautiful and the atmosphere at this festival is nice. I’m pretty excited for tonight!

Is there anything you wanted to see last time that you’ll see this time?
I don’t know. We don’t stay very long. I usually stay for one day and I’m going to Miami tomorrow. So, when I come to the U.S. we have all of these cities to go to and not much time to see everything.

I read that you like to travel. What place has been your favorite so far?
Oh, I don’t know! There are so many different places that I really like. It sounds a little touristy, but I went to San Francisco and saw the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really cool to stand there and see something so big. I love getting close to nature too. This kind of landscape (the Gorge), is so different than all of the things that I have seen before. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen before.

Yeah! It’s so pretty out here. Now, you’re scheduled for festivals all throughout the year. Is there a specific one you’re really excited to play?
I have a lot of festivals coming up! There is one that I’m really excited to play. It’s in Chicago (Lollapalooza). Yeah, that’s going to be a big one I think!

What’s your favorite song to perform?
*laughs* This one song off my album called “Break Up” is a trouble track. It’s really mysterious and super sharp. I like to play this one because it shows my universe really well.

You just released your debut album in November. Are you still working on music while you’re touring?
Yeah, I’m always working on some new music! When I have time, I go back home and make music in my room. This is as simple as it was years ago. It’s always a good moment to be in my room doing simple things. I don’t think about it. I just make what I like. I think this works because some people listen to it. I’m not working on an album or an EP; I’m just making music.

So, you graduated last summer and then dropped out of college shortly after?
Uh, I just stopped going. When you are an artist that is touring in one country, it’s easy to do on the weekends. But when you start being an international artist and travel to different countries to play your music, it becomes much more difficult to have the time for college. I decided to stop and do what I love.

You are slated to play on multiple different countries, continents even, this year. Which one are you most excited for?
There are so many new destinations I’m going to. I’m pretty excited to go to Australia! It’s going to be a new adventure. I’ve always been curious as to what Australia looks like. I’m also really excited about Indonesia. I’ve never been to Asia. I’m always pretty excited to go to new destinations. It can be very inspiring and seen in my music.

What is your favorite thing to do while traveling?
I’m always traveling with a photographer. We get to take photos with cool landscapes. It’s cool to show to my community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I can look back on the good memories. When you are traveling a lot, there isn’t time to see much. It shows where I’ve been. I like to get some music in my ears and admire the landscapes while I’m in the car. Simple things, but very important to me.

If you could collaborate with any other artist who would it be?
Oh, that’s a hard one! There are so many artists. I think, if I have one artist to choose, that it should be with somebody in a really different universe than I am in. It’s cool for me to see artists from two different universes collaborate together. I am a really big fan of, Drake. It would be a dream to collaborate.

That would be really interesting to hear! You sing on some of your songs. What’s that like for you? Do you prefer singing in your songs or keeping it mostly production?
When I started making music I wanted it to be my own thing from A-Z. That’s why I prefer to sing on my songs. All the words and melodies are mine; it’s freeing. I am not English, I’m French and I sing in English. So, I have to improve my accent and learn more to write in English. But it’s a good exercise for me. It’s a great challenge for me. It’s sounds more poetic to me.

Petit Biscuit played later that night on the El Chupacabra stage. The entire grassy area surrounding the stage was jammed full of people well before he was going on stage. The excitement for Petit Biscuit’s set was abundantly clear. He is bound to be playing somewhere near you. Check out his schedule here. You can listen to Petit Biscuit’s debut album, Presence, here.

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